Using Legal Writing Skills After Graduation
Following is an article about a Seattle University School of Law alumna using her legal writing skills. More legal writing alumni features will be added soon.
When Anna Dey '08 decided that her career goal was to teach legal writing in developing countries, she had no idea she would be doing just that only one year after graduating from Seattle University School of Law.
Dey moved to Monrovia, Liberia in June and has been working with the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative's Legal Skills Center. The Center, which operates in conjunction with the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, University of Liberia, selects 15 top law students each academic year and then supplements their law school education with legal skills training. With the help of copies of The Legal Writing Handbook and Just Writing, Dey was tasked with developing the legal writing component of the skills training, including drafting the curriculum, teaching the different modules, and assessing the students' progress. In addition, Dey works as part of the complete Center team, assisting with the development and refinement of the Center curriculum as a whole.
"It has been so rewarding to see how much the students' writing improved after only a few months, and to know that they are better equipped to now tackle the challenges of their post-conflict legal system."